ITA researchers, working with a colleague in the MGH Emergency Department, recently won The North East Cerebrovascular Consortium’s Stroke Tank: Pitch it to the Judges! contest. The contest was part of the recent 12th Annual Summit on October 26-27.

Their winning pitch was Pre-hospital triage decisions for patients with suspected stroke due to severe large vessel occlusion stroke: A decision analytic modeling cost-effectiveness study. They received an additional $10,000 to further their research on the topic. Their goal is to create a mathematical model, and mobile application to help emergency medical technicians (EMTs) make important decisions in the field when working with suspected stroke patients. The app will ask EMTs a series of questions that, coupled with patient location, will help determine the best hospital to transport the patient.

Team members include:

  • Kori Sauser Zachrison, MD, MSc, Assistant Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine, MGH
  • Patrick Eschenfeldt, PhD; MGH Institute for Technology Assessment
  • Ayman Ali, BS; MGH Institute for Technology Assessment
  • Chin Hur, MD, MPH; MGH Department of Medicine and MGH Institute for Technology Assessment

To read more about the conference, please visit